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Tithing

I have often heard others excuse financially unstable people (such as college students) from giving 10 percent to the church. By not tithing today they are possibly avoiding debt (also a biblical principle) and can make up for lack of tithing once stable.  Especially under tighter financial circumstances, should tithing 10 percent be a guideline […]

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Joy in Heaven

In Luke 15:7 Jesus says, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Does this verse refer to the angels in heaven rejoicing? To what extent do the saints in heaven have knowledge of happenings […]

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Eating Disorders

Are eating disorders a relatively new condition? What advice can you give to people who struggle with their weight and body image? This question arises from reading Ephesians 5:29: “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.” Some people really struggle to love […]

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Friends with Non–Protestant Reformed People

Is it spiritually dangerous for a young believer to have friends from other denominations/faiths? How should we interact with family members we value who hold different faiths, for example Roman Catholics?  Spiritual danger really amounts to this: Is it a temptation to sin? Is friendship with a non–Protestant Reformed person an enticement to sin? Undoubtedly, […]

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Love and Tolerance 

What can we say to convince someone who believes that love is allowing people to do whatever they want as long as it’s not hurting anyone else?    We cannot convince anyone of anything by ourselves. We can only bring the truth of God’s word, which is that the definition “allowing people to do whatever […]

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Honoring the Lord’s Name

I have a hard time speaking up when I hear people taking the Lord’s name in vain, especially when it’s my friends and family using slang phrases like “Oh my goodness” or “Oh my word.” Do you have any simple responses to help me stand up for God’s name, while doing this in love and […]

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Music and Morality

Is there an inherent morality to the rhythm or beat of music, or is its morality simply tied to the culture it is associated with? In other words, are there some sorts of music that are simply “out of bounds” for Christians because of the musical style, or is it only a matter of the […]

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Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

Why do we sing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” at the start of each worship service? What is the history behind the reason why we sing this particular hymn to begin our worship?  The doxology “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” was written by an English bishop named Rev. Thomas Ken (1637–1711). The […]

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Making Friends of Unrighteous Mammon

In Luke 16:9, Jesus says, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.”   This was a passage our family came along in family devotions, and it confused all of us. Obviously, it is inconsistent with Jesus’ holy character that he would encourage friendship […]

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Perfection in the Garden 

Was it possible for Adam and Eve to get physically injured while in the garden of Eden?   There is so much about the original paradise that we do not understand. We know that all the animals (the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the air) were herbivorous, that is, they ate only plants, […]

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Virtues in Unbelievers  

“Virtues” in Unbelievers   What is the Protestant Reformed view with regard to the virtues that are found in unbelievers? There are many unbelievers who have the virtues of patience, integrity, self-control, and many others. Since we believe that man forfeited many of these virtues in the fall, how do unbelievers have these virtues without Christ’s […]

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Jesus’ Two Natures

Jesus’ Two Natures  In Hebrews 4:15–16, it says that Jesus experiences everything as we do. I believe that. But God is omniscient—he knows everything. Even before the foundations of the world were laid, he had a plan (Eph. 1:4–14). How then could Jesus be surprised if in his divine being he is all-knowing?  Jesus Christ […]

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